Bruins-Sabres Preview

The short-handed Boston Bruins bounced back quickly after their

season high-tying win streak came to an end. They’ll try to keep

heading in the right direction during a home-and-home series

against the last-place Buffalo Sabres.

The Bruins will seek their sixth victory in seven games Thursday

night while trying to deny the Sabres a rare win streak.

Boston (23-9-2) is missing six players, most notably forward

Loui Eriksson (concussion). Shawn Thornton is appealing his 15-game

suspension, and Chris Kelly (leg), Dougie Hamilton (lower body),

Daniel Paille (concussion) and Adam McQuaid (lower body) are also

out.

“With the injuries we have, we’re really relying on everybody

right now,” center Gregory Campbell said. “It’s not about coming in

and just playing. It’s about actually trying to contribute. We need

help from (the minor league call-ups) and from veterans. Everybody

has to be at the top of their games in the situation we’re in.”

Milan Lucic played in a 2-0 victory over visiting Calgary on

Tuesday after reportedly being involved in an altercation in his

native Vancouver following a 6-2 loss Saturday that snapped

Boston’s four-game win streak. Lucic had two goals and an assist in

the Bruins’ only meeting with Buffalo this season, a 5-2 victory

Oct. 23.

Torey Krug scored a pair of third-period goals as Boston

improved to 2-0-1 in its last three games against the Sabres

(8-23-3) and earned its second straight win in Buffalo.

The Sabres enter this matchup having earned at least one point

in a season-high three consecutive home games, going 2-0-1, and in

four of their last five (3-1-1). They had their highest scoring

output of the season at the First Niagara Center in a 4-2 comeback

win over Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Buffalo scored three goals in the third period with Matt Moulson

putting his team ahead for good with a power-play score at the 2:31

mark. The Sabres were 0 for 21 when trailing after two periods.

“The one thing we’ve tried to work on is our consistency,” coach

Ted Nolan said. “If you keep going, usually good things happen. It

was nice to see the team rewarded for never giving up and

continuing to work. We got the breaks when we needed them.”

Buffalo recorded its only back-to-back wins Nov. 12-15, and Cody

Hodgson will try to help the team do it again by adding to his four

goals and two assists in his past six matchups with Boston. Hodgson

had an assist Tuesday after missing two games with a lower-body

injury.

The Sabres also got defenseman Alexander Sulzer back after a

five-game absence due to an upper-body injury, leaving Cody

McCormick as the team’s only injured player. McCormick is expected

to miss the next four to six weeks because of an upper-body

ailment.

Bruins leading scorer David Krejci has three goals and five

assists in his last eight games against the Sabres. He also has 13

points in his last 12 overall (three goals, 10 assists), and was

credited with assists on both of Zdeno Chara’s goals Tuesday.

The Bruins and Sabres will wrap up their two-game set Saturday

night at the TD Garden.